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Old 12-29-2012, 02:37 PM   #1
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Hauling a Motorcycle?

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Long time lurker, 1st time poster from Minneapolis, Minnesota here.
My family owned a Scamp 13' when I was a teen in 70's. We enjoyed that trailer for many years traveling all over the country and Canada before my Dad sold it in the late 80's. Now I'm in my 50's and my wife and I are thinking about getting another Scamp or similar trailer and have been unable to find any info on if any of these small trailers can be used to bring a small motorcycle along. I'd like to be able to bring a small Dual Sport motorcycle like a Yamaha TW200 or WR250 along on trips. When we do get the trailer, I'll also need to buy a tow vehicle and I could buy a pickup and put the bike in the back of the truck, but I think I'd rather get a 4WD van of some sort and be able to hang the motorcycle on the back of the trailer if possible. Does anyone have any experience with this they can share?
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:08 PM   #2
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I do not think that is a good idea, one thing it will cause your tongue weight to be so light you will have a lot of sway and two, the frame is not strong enough. You almost need to choose, ride or camp but not both with a Scamp.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:14 PM   #3
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Welcome to FiberglassRV John, we're glad you're here!

Jim has it right. The Scamp's frame is too light for a motorcycle. Even bicycles and racks have been known to cause sway too. A pickup or van to haul the motorcycle is what you need.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:16 PM   #4
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We have several bikes including a Suzuki combo the size of those you describe, and I can tell you without fear of contradiction that:

There is NO WAY a fiberglass trailer of any age/size will carry a motorcycle at the rear of the trailer. Many are too light to even carry bicycles back there!

The pickup truck is the best option of those you mention...although our main tow vehicle is a Kia Sportage, we use my husband's truck on the rare occasions when he doesn't want to ride the bike to the destination, or if he's going alone.

You could carry a small dual sport on a rack between a van and the trailer, but you'd have to buy a van with at least 500 pounds of carrying capacity at the receiver.

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Old 12-29-2012, 03:20 PM   #5
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I wish that I had some experience but I've come to accept the fact that it's the bike or the trailer. I do have a PU but putting the bike in the box is a bit of a pain and would really cut down on storage that we've come to depend on.

I do have a bike trailer but here in BC it's not legal to tow two trailers although in some other provinces and states it is legal.

My compromise is buying an ebike for short trips away from where the trailer is set-up.

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Old 12-29-2012, 03:33 PM   #6
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How big is your truck, Ron?

I ask because my husband hates rampin' the bike into the bed, too, so likes to use the carrier combination between tug and tow I mentioned above when talking about the van.




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Old 12-29-2012, 04:06 PM   #7
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Welcome to the club. I know that Lil Snoozy mentions that they have a toy hauler version, but I have not seen any pictures nor have I yet spoken with them about this layout. I would like to take along a Honda Goldwing after we retire, and this is they way I was leaning, as we do a lot of off-roading with our wrangler, and did not want to change over to a pick-up truck as a TV. I was thinking that if a shower curtain were used in place of the hard wall, then a motorcycle would have enough room to enter the trailer and be secured.
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I think the Snoozy "toyhauler" concept will be more bicycle-related unless they intend double doors and lower cabinets to accommodate motorcycle handlebars.

Not to mention perhaps the addition of another man door up front for access to the rest of the interior when it's "toyhauling"!

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I think the Snoozy "toyhauler" concept will be more bicycle-related unless they intend double doors and lower cabinets to accommodate motorcycle handlebars.

Not to mention perhaps the addition of another man door up front for access to the rest of the interior when it's "toyhauling"!

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Lil Snoozy has a bare bones toy hauler for motorcycles or quads. One could finish it out himself or, in my case, I planed on talking with them about putting in the ramp style back door, or a custom 3/4 ramp with door toward the side, or double opening doors that required a ramp for entry, but still have them furnish the inside almost like their traditional offering.
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Lil Snoozy has a bare bones toy hauler for motorcycles or quads.
Never seen one of those, and I'd sure like to... It's hard to imagine a motorcycle of any size going through the Snoozy's door, let alone a quad!

Does the toyhauler have a wider door, or what?

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This information is from the Lil Snoozy website: "Toy Hauler - Specially equipped, the Lil Snoozy small travel trailer can carry your motorcycle, bicycles, ATVs and more. The enclosed trailer protects your toys from the weather and prying eyes."
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This information is from the Lil Snoozy website: "Toy Hauler - Specially equipped, the Lil Snoozy small travel trailer can carry your motorcycle, bicycles, ATVs and more. The enclosed trailer protects your toys from the weather and prying eyes."
Yes, but...how wide is/are the door/doors?

My Grandkids' electric "Hotwheels" car won't fit through most trailer doors- and it's a tad smaller than an ATV or a motorcycle.

One needs to know just how wide an object can be delivered to the Interior Sanctuary described above......

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How big is your truck, Ron?

I ask because my husband hates rampin' the bike into the bed, too, so likes to use the carrier combination between tug and tow I mentioned above when talking about the van.




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The problem with this set up is (1) you will need a hitch extender that will reduce your hitch capacity. In addition (2)Remember you only have a 500# capacity back there, with a 400# bike only leaves 100# for the tongue weight
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Yes, but...how wide is/are the door/doors?

My Grandkids' electric "Hotwheels" car won't fit through most trailer doors- and it's a tad smaller than an ATV or a motorcycle.

One needs to know just how wide an object can be delivered to the Interior Sanctuary described above......

Francesca
If I recall with the rear door, Lil Snoozy would make a toy hauler with a single door, as wide as can be made to fit. But of course there is nothing inside, just an empty shell. With a stock set up, your width is determined by the stock door due to the bath and kitchen restraints. Two different arrangements.
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